Mcmurdo Smartfind S20 Kannad Safelink R10
Although marketed under different brand names, the Mcmurdo Smartfind S20 and Kannad Safelink R10 are identical. It comes with a smart neoprene pouch and belt/webbing clip, as well as a clip for attaching it to the oral inflation tube of a lifejacket. The unit is quite small and flat, so fits snugly against the body when packed into a lifejacket or kept in a pocket. An orange clip on a short line slides out to arm the device and reveals the test button. The device can be tested in two ways by pressing this button. A quick one-second press runs a short system and battery test and indicates the remaining battery charge by flashing one (low), two (medium) or three (high) LEDS. A longer ten-second press triggers a full system check, including GPS activation and the transmission of a single ‘Test’ AIS message.
To manually activate the S20/ R10, you remove the arming clip and then slide off the red plastic antenna shield by pulling on the line. The springy antenna will flip up and the device starts transmitting when it has a GPS fix. At the same time, the LED strobe light starts to flash and the three GPS LEDS flash to show it is receiving a GPS signal. It can be activated manually if self-installed into a lifejacket. However, some lifejackets from Ocean Safety, Spinlock and Baltic can be bought with the S20/ R10 already fitted, so they are fully automatic, activating when the
It’s small enough to fit snugly into the pocket or a lifejacket and has a good battery shelf life. Although the S20/R10 is reasonably straightforward to work, it does require two hands to operate manually and there are no activation instructions printed on the casing, so it’s not completely obvious how it works without reading or memorising the instructions.
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The small flat shape is designed to fit snugly into pockets/lifejackets